The Importance of Having Clean Gutters
Let’s start this article off with a question. What is the most valuable possession you own? Most people may say their HDTV, laptop, iPad… etc. But lets think bigger…. and say… your home.
Our homes are more than just four walls and a roof. It protects us from the harsh realities that Mother Nature throws at us on a giving day whether it be the sun, rain, snow, or winds. It is always in our best interests to maintain our houses so we do not fall victim to what our neighbors in NYC experienced during hurricane Sandy.
Gutters are our first line of defense when it comes to preserving the structure of our roof and foundation, which makes gutter cleaning a tasks that we tend to overlook, and the consequences of leaving this task undone can lead to detrimental problems with your house or property.
A gutter’s purpose is to collect rain water and direct it away from the structure to prevent rotting on the roof or seepage into the foundation of the house. With clogged gutters you have a higher tendency to develop mold which can be aesthetically unpleasing and cause structural damage to your roof.
When gutters are clogged with leaves, twigs, and other materials the gutters are no longer functional. It is important and strongly recommended to have them cleaned twice a year, but you should always keep an eye on them in case a storm clogs them back up.
The best and safest way to clean your gutters is to hire a professional crew to come in and clean them. They are well trained and have the equipment to perform these tasks at heights that most people would shy away from.
But for those of you who feel confident and have the proper equipment to clean your gutters, I will leave you with three tips to establish best results with your gutter cleaning endeavors.
- Use a putty knife to scrape down to the metal of the gutter. Any residue left behind will block the path for leaves and twigs during the next storm, and you’ll find yourself with clogged gutters in no time.
- Use a water hose to wash away any debris left behind. You can also use the hose to unclog any vertical gutters by spraying with a jet nozzle.
- Remove overhanging branches that may fall in the line of your gutters. Not only will the leaves fall directly in the gutters but large falling branches during storms may cause damage which can later become a greater expense.